Friday, February 25, 2011

Using technology to manage your diabetes

Yesterday, USA Today ran this article, about how smartphone apps keep health at your fingertips.  I've been using an app to track my blood sugar for at least 6 months now, probably longer, so I found the article especially interesting — even though it didn't mention anything about blood sugar or diabetics.

I use a pretty basic iPhone app, called Glucose Buddy, for tracking my blood sugar.  It was a free app when I downloaded it, but since then they've added a lot of fancy (and, at least for me, unnecessary) features that you have to pay for.  They've also added advertising, which wasn't there before.  However, it is a decent little app and does what I need it to do.  I can input my blood sugar, insulin doses, gram of carbs eaten, exercise, and even (a newer feature, but still free) my A1c.  To review past logs, I have to scroll down a list on my phone.  The graph only shows the high, low, and average values for each day, which is too bad — I'd rather see a graph of all my values for one day — but it's still useful.

Do you use any iPhone apps to keep track of your diabetes?  If so, which one or ones do you recommend?  Please don't forget to include the price of the app, and if it costs something, what makes the app worth getting instead of a free app.

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